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Theodore Roosevelt Legacy and Accomplishments

Updated on September 29, 2010

President Theodore Roosevelt

26th President of the United States
26th President of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt Accomplishments

President Theodore Roosevelt was surely one of the greatest United States presidents. He was a man of many accomplishments. Teddy Roosevelt was a volunteer Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War. Before becoming president, he was Secretary of the Navy. Roosevelt was a published author.

What many people may not know about Theodore Roosevelt is the deep gratitude we owe him. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to seriously think about saving some of the beauty of the United States for future generations. With Roosevelt in office, more than 200 million acres of land in the United States was conserved.

Theodore Roosevelt and Conservationist John Muir

Theodore Roosevelt the Conservationist

Passenger pigeons became extinct about the time of Roosevelt's presidency. Roosevelt then established the first National Bird Preserve in Florida in 1903. This was the start of the Wildlife Refuge System in the United States. This would be the first of many acts by President Roosevelt to conserve land and important historical and archaeological sites throughout the United States.

The United States Forest Service was established while Teddy Roosevelt was president. Many national parks and preserves were set up by President Roosevelt. Some of the areas that President Roosevelt placed under protection were the Grand Canyon, Crater Lake National Park, and the Mesa Verde National Park.

Devil's Tower

1st national monument established by Theodore Roosevelt
1st national monument established by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt's Antiquities Act

Theodore Roosevelt also passed the Antiquities Act in 1906. This act allowed presidents to preserve sites as national monuments without needing approval of Congress. The very first national monument established by Theodore Roosevelt was the Devil's Tower in Wyoming. This act also allowed Theodore Roosevelt to protect the Grand Canyon after failing to make it a national park. Since the Antiquities Act was passed, it has been implemented more than 100 times.

Grand Canyon

Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

The next time you are lucky enough to be awed by the miracle of the Grand Canyon or the beauty of Cades Coves in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, give a little thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. Without him, it is almost certain that these areas would have been swallowed up by miners, real estate developers, oil corporations, and forestry companies.

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      denied 2 years ago

      Obama put us back in deuted

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      drewswag 3 years ago

      ya guys Obama is such a pig. I love Obama

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      K.I.A. 4 years ago

      Hey cHICK thanks for your comment of course you can have my number but i can't just give away my number in the internet

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      THE cHICK 4 years ago

      k.i.a. can i have your number i think with you way of words are wonderful .

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      A FAN 4 years ago

      Our Basktball Team RBMS are undefeated HA!

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      A victvitom 4 years ago

      Thiers this know it all girl behind me . HELP ME!!!!!

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      K.I.A. 4 years ago

      I think you guys are right about teddy he's the best president that ever lived

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      DUCKIE 4 years ago

      jag shut ur big a** mouth cuz without teddy we would have NO mational parks and obama has done NOTHING dang idiots these days

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      BAH3299 4 years ago

      Hey I think Theodore Roosevelt is so awsome because I'm doing a mini reasearch project about him!!! So if you think he's stupid I HATE YOU!!!

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      SEXY BITCH 4 years ago

      U GUYS R SO STUPID!!

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      lj gonya 5 years ago

      Getting back to your original topic - Teddy Roosevelt. An actor who tours the country re-inacting Roosevelt's speeches is going to be in Fostoria, Ohio this Saturday on the anniversary of Roosevelt's visit there. Didn't agree with all of his policies, but loved the man, his attitude, and certainly his concern for the environment. Actually, he's a very distant cousin. Good hub.

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      What is wrong with you people

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      this saved me a lot!

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      helping me home work

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      loser123 6 years ago

      you mofos need to leave my boy alone he is a great guy that will travel to the rivers of askiban and back for you into the rivers of adicar so suck it

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      WOW PEOPLE GET A LIFE AND STOP HATING ON EACHOTHER...!!!!!!!!!!

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      i like pie

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      billy 6 years ago

      Jesus love the little children

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      tr 6 years ago

      BTW AJ "your" on c-rod is spelled correctly

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      Dan 6 years ago

      Ignorant children. Someone please tell me what Obama has done...

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      AJ 6 years ago

      BTW it's "you're" not "your" c-rod

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      AJ 6 years ago

      IS Bob stupid now?

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      c-rod  8 years ago

      Bob your sooooooooo stupid!!!! if you want to say something then spell your shit right!!!! or go back to elementary!!!

      Obama Rocks bitch!!!!

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      P. Wall 8 years ago

      all you quit bitchin

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      Jen 8 years ago

      Obama is awesome, if McCain had won he would have faced the same challenge, so have a little faith, atleast Obama is doing something.

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      Bob 8 years ago

      Obama gonna ruin the economy jag!

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      jag 8 years ago

      obama waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better

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      RJ 9 years ago

      Angela could you please tell me why Theodore Roosevelt did not seek reelection in 1908 ? My email address is paudarco4cancer@yahoo.ca

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks, Patty.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Good environmental hub.